WEEK IN REVIEW

August 21st, 2020

Welcome to CovrPrice’s weekly Newsletter! This week we share a ton of new content news (DC Fandome), call out a fun sale for Space Ghost, and see some Spider-Women action. Enjoy!


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COVRPRICE COMIC BOOK SHAKERS

Every day CovrPrice’s Daily Shaker List calls out comics with the highest sales value sold that day. Throughout the week we pull the more interesting ones and elaborate on them here. Check out our sweet Shaker List here.

SHAKER: BATMAN BEYOND #1 NEWSSTAND (DC, 1999)

This past week we saw a rare newsstand copy sell for $1,200 for a CGC 9.6, which is WAY up from the last 9.6 sale of $475 this past June. The last time a 9.8 copy sold was back in January 2020, months before the comic market surged. Imagine what that book could go for now. The 3rd Print (with no UPC) also had a big sale this week, selling for $645 raw. With no solid lead of content, this book continues to increase and doesn’t show signs of slowing down.  

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SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #2 GREG LAND (1:25) (MARVEL, 2014)

As you all know by now, ALL printings of EOSV #2 are on fire. With the 1st print selling for $900+ in a 9.8, this Land variant has been surprisingly lightly listed since everything got hot. When Ultimate Fallout 4 shot up, the 1:25 variant saw a steady number of listings. However, this Land variant did see one sale this week at $1,500 for a 9.0. If you look at Ultimate Fallout, these two books are walking almost side by side in value. The last two 9.0’s for the Ultimate Fallout 4 1:25 were for $1,250 and $1,499. This price match tells us that there’s a high likelihood that a 9.8 for EOSV 1:25 will most likely match UF4 1:25’s current market value of $8,500+. We’ll see…

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SHAKER: FIGHT AGAINST CRIME #20 (STORY COMICS, 1954)

As hard as SOTI was for the comic book industry, it’s PCH books like this give you a sense of why the comic code was created. With that said, this “decapitation cover” (as noted by CGC) is a collected category, with a steady rise in price… like this week’s $6K for a CGC 2.5.

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SHAKER: GHOST RIDER #1 – NEAL ADAMS (1:50) (MARVEL, 2011)

This is a variant that we’ve covered before, back when a 9.8 sold for $1,499. Well, the raw value just doubled this week with a $1K sale!

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SHAKER: G.I. JOE, A REAL AMERICAN HERO #1 – NEWSSTAND EDITION (MARVEL, 1982)

Amongst all the new character and content-driven heat is what we like to call nostalgia heat. Key nostalgia-driven books like TRANSFORMERS and G.I. JOE are seeing jumps in price more than ever. This week a 9.8 for this newsstand edition sold for $749.95, surpassing even the highest 9.8 sale of $550 for the direct edition.

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SHAKER: NEGAN LIVES #1 – RED FOIL (LIMITED 500) (IMAGE, 2020)

First to market 9.8’s always see a nice premium. It’s like a flare gun for the other 9.8s to follow and sets the market price. The first 9.8 for this ruby variant was recently listed and sold for $1,499.99.

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SHAKER: THE NEW MUTANTS #98 – NEWSSTAND (MARVEL,1991)

So, with the fervor around subsequent printings and newsstands, this copper age key is also getting some NEWSSTAND love with a CGC 9.8 hitting a new high of $999.99.

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SHAKER: PLANET COMICS #2 (FICTION HOUSE, 1940)

This classic Will Eisner cover is awesome. The colors just pop and the subject matter is absolutely out there… which just makes this a highly desired (and very hard to find) book. This week, a rare raw copy sold for $1,725 raw. 

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SHAKER: THE SENTRY #1 – ROSEN HOMAGE (MARVEL, 2000)

Man, this Rosen cover for the first appearance of The Sentry had a big raw sale of $237.50 with an additional sale of $400 for a CGC 9.8. The Sentry, like Blue Marvel, is a Marvel underdog that fans are investing in with the hope of one day seeing them introduced into the MCU.

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SHAKER: SPACE GHOST #1 (WESTERN, 1967)

Any fans of SPACE GHOST? Or at least SPACE GHOST: COAST TO COAST? Touching upon nostalgia heat, this first appearance of Space Ghost had a big sale of $1,275 for a CGC 9.2.

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SHAKER: SPAWN #185 – TODD MCFARLANE – HEADLESS (IMAGE, 2008)

Hey, it’s Spawn! While we’re not talking AS much about Spawn these days, he’s still moving books. A CGC 9.8 for this headless variant almost doubled in market value this week with a sale of $1,985. The last 9.8 sold for $1,025 in April 2020. 

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SHAKER: SPIDER-MAN #1 – SILVER & BLACK EDITION (MARVEL, 1990)

This book is plentiful and cheap. However, it’s also one of the most homaged and iconic modern comic covers. You should have some version of this book in your collection. If you don’t, you should be keeping an eye out for high-grade copies. A CGC 9.9 sold for $985.

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SHAKER: SPIDER-WOMEN ALPHA #1 – STACEY LEE (1;25) (MARVEL, 2016)

With the recent Spider-Woman news (see RUMORS/ OPTIONED below), this variant picked up renewed steam with a recent sale of $600 for a CGC 9.8

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SHAKER: STAR WARS KANAN #1 (MARVEL, 2015)

Last week, we talked about how the Plunkett 1:25 variant sold a raw copy for $150 and two 9.8s; one at $449.99 on 08/09/20 and $437.00 on 08/14. This week the standard Mark Brooks cover sold for a new height at $369.99 in a 9.8. That tells us the 1:25 is about to have a bump up in price. 

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SHAKER: TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: STORM DRAIN SAVERS (MIRAGE, 1990)

Before free comic book day, free comics weren’t as common as they are today. Most free books ended up in the hands of kids who obviously didn’t think to save these for profit. This 4.5″ x 5.5″ mini-comic was produced by Mirage Studios and donated to the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Project for their “Earth Day” 1990 public outreach program on storm drains and water pollution. Originally printed in black and white and given away in only Los Angeles, there was also a 1991 color reprint which can be even harder to find. With all that said, a rare copy (a CGC 9.6) was listed this week and sold for $330.

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SHAKER: TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1 – FRANK CHO (1:50) (MARVEL, 2015)

Amadeus Cho has been speculated on since his Mom (Helen) appeared in AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Many assumed that if Helen Cho could appear, then Amadeus wasn’t too far behind. His first appearance in AMAZING FANTASY #15 (2006) has been setting new heights like last week’s newsstand sale of $1,200 raw and a first print 9.8 at $600. Amadeus, currently as BRAUN in the comics, is considered one of (if not THE) smartest characters in the Marvel Universe. With the heat behind diverse characters coming to the MCU, there’s some broad speculation that Amadeus might not be far behind. This of course spread to his first appearance as THE HULK in this series, with a market focus on the 1:50 Hulk 1 homage by Frank Cho that’s climbing quickly with raws at $140 and a 9.8 at $250. Then there’s the additional speculation that Amadeus will take on the Braun character, which is been bringing some heat to his first appearance (as Braun) in CHAMPIONS #22. Either way, it’s all speculation. We feel that with Hulkling also rumored to appear in the MCU, if Amadeus does appear it will most likely take some time to see him go green.

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SHAKER: ULTIMATE COMICS SPIDER-MAN #1 – SARA PICHELLI (1:30)(MARVEL, 2011)

This 1:30 variant had a MASSIVE sale of $2,499 for a CGC 9.8. Not much more to say about this one other than WOW!

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SHAKER: VENGEANCE #1 – MIKE DEODATO (1:15) (MARVEL, 2011)

Another new height this week for the first appearance of America Chavez at $1,825 for a 9.8

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SHAKER: ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 MARKO DJURDJEVIC (1:25) (MARVEL, 2011)

A CGC 9.6 had a very nice sale of $4,500 this week. This is a big leap from the last 9.6 sale in July for $2,750.

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SHAKER: VENOM #9 – ANIMATION (1:10) (MARVEL, 2018)

Donnie Cates sure brings the heat to his series like no other creator right now. His introduction of Dylan Brock has had the market paying close attention to his first appearance in this issue. Well, fans are now committing big time as this Spider-Man Noir Animation variant had a massive leap in price of $750 for a CGC 9.8. The last 9.8 sold for $290 at the end of June.

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SHAKER: WEST COAST AVENGERS #7 (MARVEL, 2019)

Well, the first appearance of JEFF THE LAND SHARK is now trending, with raws selling for $15 and 9.8’s at $75. Not sure what the long-term for this character is, but this book is selling.

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SHAKER: WITCHBLADE #1 – DIAMOND RETAILER GOLD EDITION (IMAGE, 1995)

If you were a collector in the 90’s, then you most likely know Witchblade. Development rumors for a Witchblade/Darkness series have been around for about 10 years now. The two would actually make a great show. Regardless, it’s not well known that her first issue (drawn by the late/great Michael Turner) had a variant. There was a retailer gold stamped edition from Diamond that is very hard to find. This week, this variant was listed and sold for $270 raw. Keep an eye out for that gold logo at the bottom right.

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SHAKER: YEAR OF THE VILLAIN HELL ARISEN #3 (DC, 2020)

Sales of Punchline’s first appearance on heating up with the recent announcement that she’s getting her own one-shot in November. This news is telling fans that DC is investing in the character and testing the waters for a potential solo series. This issue of HELL ARISEN #3 rose from $140 for a 9.8 in July to a high of $281 for a 9.8 this week. A raw copy also finally hit $100 (well.. $102). The Federici “B” variant was once moving the slowest on the various covers with 9.8 sales at $100 and raws at $40. It’s now getting $319 in a 9.8 and $70 raw. 

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SHAKER: YOUNG AVENGERS #1 SKETCH – WIZARD WORLD CGC 9.5 (MARVEL, 2005)

We talked about this WIZARD 9.5 edition almost a year ago in our 9/23/19 newsletter. Back then, we thought a $400 sale for this graded rarity was impressive. But this week’s sale of $3,051 is absolutely surprising. As a recap, back in 2004, Wizard shortly partnered with CGC to get the first couple hundred copies off the printing press and send them straight to CGC to get graded and then sold by Wizard within their web store. Somehow, they also convinced CGC to create a whole new label with WIZARD FIRST listed on it and a new MINT/ NM grading scale of 10.0, 9.5 and 9.0. They limited this YOUNG AVENGERS run to 285 copies. Almost all WIZARD FIRST labels were 9.5’s. MANY collectors were rather unhappy with this new grading scale and it only lasted for a few months with just a handful of titles, turning the 9.5 CGC case into a collectible of its own. Now, is a label worth a couple thousand more? With this current price, at least one collector thought so. This will most likely be debated amongst comic chat rooms. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: FEMALE DRIVEN SPIDER-VERSE FILM

Per Deadline, “Olivia Wilde Tapped To Direct Untitled Female-Centered Marvel Movie At Sony. Sources tell Deadline that Olivia Wilde has closed a deal to direct and develop a secret Marvel film project revolving around a female character in the universe. While not confirmed, it is expected that the story will be centered on Spider-Woman.” Now, even though it’s not confirmed, the writer of the article suggested that it might be SPIDER-WOMAN (but didn’t name Jessica Drew). It’s still unknown, but sales have really picked up for Jessica Drew’s first appearance in MARVEL SPOTLIGHT #32 and the first issue for her solo series SPIDER-WOMAN #1.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  THE BOYS, SEASON 3

Even before the 2nd season hit, THE BOYS has already been renewed for a 3rd season and will bring on actor Jensen Ackles (of Supernatural) to play the role of Soldier Boy, who first appeared in THE BOYS: HEROGASM #1. That first issue is now selling for $30. There’s also a very hard to find the negative variant that we haven’t seen come up for sale yet.  

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  WARRIOR NUN AREALA

As reported by VARIETY, Warrior Nun was picked up for a 2nd season by Netflix. Since it’s release, market values have decreased. While it hasn’t picked up yet with this 2nd season announcement, maybe market prices will just hold at the current $20 to $30. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  KRAVEN THE HUNTER

As reported by Deadline, “Marvel’s ‘Kraven The Hunter’ Movie At Sony Eyes ‘Triple Frontier’s J.C. Chandor As Director”. Kraven’s first appearance in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15 is already a pricey book. However, this will give that issue a nice boost. A VF raw did recently sell for $1,536.99, which is about $200 more than the last equivalent grade back in May. 

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RUMORED/OPTIONED:  DC FANDOME

What is DC FANDOME? Well, they describe it as “A MEGA, 24-HOUR, IMMERSIVE VIRTUAL FAN EXPERIENCE WHICH BRINGS THE UNIVERSE OF DC TO LIFE AND FEATURES THE STARS, FILMMAKERS AND CREATORS BEHIND ITS BIGGEST FILMS, TV SERIES, GAMES AND COMICS” Basically, they’re announcing stuff. A LOT of stuff. Here’s the rundown:

  • BATMAN BY JOHN RIDLEY: Per Variety, “John Ridley, the Oscar-winning screenwriter of “12 Years a Slave,” will write a new Batman comic book miniseries in January 2021. The four-issue run will center on the family of Lucius Fox, Batman’s trusted business partner, and likely feature Batman as a person of color.” Speculation is favoring Luke Fox (Batwing #19 for first Luke Fox and Batwing #20 as the 2nd Batwing), though many feel that this character may be new or maybe even Duke Thomas (Batman #21 2013). 
  • THE BATMAN: A teaser trailer was finally revealed with Robert Pattison in action. It’s definitely a hot topic right now. 
  • BATMAN: EGO #1: Matt Reeves mentions this book as his inspiration/ source material for his THE BATMAN film.
  • BLACK ADAM: The Rock mentions this film introducing the JSA, which will include ATOM SMASHER (previously mentioned), DOCTOR FATE (depends which one, though speculation is favoring Khalid Nassour in Doctor. Fate #1 2015), HAWKMAN (first silver age appearance in BRAVE & THE BOLD #34) and CYCLONE (JUSTICE SOCIETY OF AMERICA #1 2006). 
  • THE FLASH: Per Variety, “Ezra Miller’s solo “Flash” movie is still being kept under wraps, but the Scarlet Speedster will get a new costume in his movie, courtesy of Bruce Wayne. Director Andy Muschietti and writer Christina Hodson also touched on the time-traveling aspects of the movie, fueling the theory that it will explore the DC universe’s multiverse”. This news should give some renewed interest in FLASHPOINT. We recommend holding on to those until we get more news. 
  • GOTHAM CENTRAL #1: Previously announced, this HBO MAX series (with a possible different name) will tie into Matt Reeve’s BATMAN film.
  • GOTHAM KNIGHTS VIDEO GAME TRAILER: Per Variety, “The new video game from the developers of “Batman: Arkham Origins” will allow players to step into the Bat-themed suits of Robin, Batgirl, Nightwing and Red Hood. In the game, Batman is dead and his four proteges must protect Gotham City from villains like Mr. Freeze and the Court of Owls.” This may have been one of the biggest takeaways from the event, with the key issues of the first COURT OF OWLS trending. Their first cameo appearance was in DC’s 2011 NEW 52 BATMAN #3, though it gets a little tricky after that. Many consider BATMAN BATMAN #4 the first full appearance and others see it as another cameo. In that issue, you see partial shots throughout the issue and then 3 of the members on the last panel. BATMAN #6 has the full court visible and in person, leading many to choose this issue as the first full appearance. CGC has not notated these cameos/firsts for any of these issues. So, dependent on what you feel is a true first is what it is for now. 
  • SANDMAN: To quote Variety, “Creator Neil Gaiman gave an update on Netflix’s “Sandman” series, saying it will depart from the comics and take place in the present day. Production has been paused due to the pandemic, so Gaiman says he has been perfecting the script in the meantime.” This is a great time to pick up Sandman #1.
  • SHAZAM: Per Variety, “The “Shazam” sequel received an official title as “Shazam: Fury of the Gods”. No other news was provided. 
  • STATIC X: Amongst the announcement of the DC MILESTONE IMPRINT returning was a brief mention that STATIC SHOCK is in “serious discussions” for a feature film.
  • SUICIDE SQUAD: We saw a new teaser “behind the scenes” trailer and a roll call video of the large cast of characters. Per Variety, “Director James Gunn went through a roll call of the colorful cast of villains in his “Suicide Squad” sequel and gave a behind-the-scenes look at the production. Returning characters like Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, and Amanda Waller will share the spotlight with some more obscure names, like Polka-Dot Man, Weasel, Peacemaker, and Ratcatcher 2.” Idris Elba’s BLOODSPORT was one of the biggest takeaways. His first appearance was in SUPERMAN #4 (1986).
  • TITANS TV SHOW: Scarecrow (Batman #189), The Red Hood (Batman #635), and Barabara Gordon (Detective Comics #359) will appear in the series.
  • WONDER WOMAN: We got a new trailer with a look at Kristin Wigg’s CHEETAH (the Barabar Ann Minerva version, who’s first cameo is in WONDER WOMAN #7 (1987). 

Of course, with ALL of this new info, many characters on this list will have additional key books and covers heating up. We’ll catch them as they come!

 

WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING:  NEW AVENGERS #10 (MARVEL, 2013)

Gary Nusser, The Comic DeSPECtive had an interesting spec on Thane, the son of Thanos. He shared the big splash page at the end of THOR #6 and goes into some interesting theories surrounding the black gauntlet that Thanos wields in that panel. We won’t go into it since Gary covers it pretty thoroughly (and we try to not speculate here). With that said, this theory lit a fire under Thane’s first appearance in NEW AVENGERS #10, with copies selling for $35 raw. It also lit a fire under INFINITY #4 which expands on NEW AVENGERS #10 with a full origin of Thane. The IN-HYUK LEE (1:75) specifically had the highest market value with its sale of $145 this week. We’ll have to just see how this all plays out. 

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WATCHING:  SOMETHING IS KILLING THE CHILDREN #1 (BOOM, 2019)

Fans are absolutely loving this series by writer James Tynion IV. While the Netflix/Boom announcement back in April gave speculators a reason to pick this up, it has since had a mostly organic increase in price. This first issue has really started climbing with a new high rale sale of $92.99 and a CGC 9.8 sale of $400. This organic growth makes this a book you should jump onto sooner rather than later. 

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: ALIENS #1 (DARK HORSE, 1988)

Wow, did this book have a big week! This first appearance of ALIENS sold a CGC 9.8 for a massive $1K. Granted, with this book being 32 years old and an all-black cover, it can be a tough book to find in high grade (there are forty-four 9.8 copies on the CG census). It also didn’t help that for YEARS, many collectors (and CGC) thought that Dark Horse Presents #24 was the first appearance of ALIENS. CGC originally noted DHP #24 at the “first appearance of ALIENS in comics” until it was corrected in 2018 when collectors pointed out that ALIENS #1 released in May 1988 and DHP #24 released in November 1988. Due to this late correction, there’s still plenty of market confusion with both slabs out there having no notation and both having the “first appearance” notation. Today, ALIENS #1 gets the proper “first appearance” title by both CGC and collectors. 

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